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The Apprenticeship of Julian St. Albans

(Consulting Magic #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In this sequel to The Courtship of Julian St. Albans, Julian – once a member of the pampered elite and Courted by the cream of society – is now an Apprentice and the still-pampered boyfriend of consulting mage Alex Benedict.

He arrives one bright August morning at the plant nursery where he's working through his apprenticeship, only to find a dead body among the lucky clo
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published August 26th 2014
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Len Evans Jr
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This second book in the series was every bit as good as the first! It was awesome to see Alex and Julian's relationship advancing, their playful and incredibly loving interactions are a joy to read. It was also a lot of fun to not only get to know familiar sceondary characters better, but also to be introduced to some very interesting new ones. The story was top notch with the suspense on a slow burn that culminated beautifully at the end. Over all this was a more than worthy, couldn't put down ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
2,2 stars

A sequel to ambitious and very promising The Courtship of Julian St. Albans.

The story continues some time after first book ended. Julian and Alex are living together, happily in love. They realized Julian has magical talents of his own- ability to connect to plants; feel what they need, so he is doing his apprenticeship to become mage at plant nursery. There he stumbles upon body. Somebody is leaving bodies in gardens all over town and now he is targeting Julian.

I'll do this pro et cont
Chris, the Dalek King
While I do sincerely enjoy this series and this author, I do think that the application of some type of editor would be extremely helpful. Amy Crook clearly knows how to write, but perhaps it would behoove her to learn what not to write. As in, what to leave out of the story so it flows cleaner.

While the first book is heavy-handed with the food descriptions, this one is nearly drowning in it. I swear not a page goes by where someone is not eating, thinking about food, or talking about it. It was
While this was a good book, I did feel as though it dragged a bit. I couldn't believe it was only 286 pages as it seemed so much longer. For all of that I did enjoy reading about Julian and Alex and their band of merry men. I will definitely be reading the last in this trilogy.
4 stars
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Where The Courtship of Julian St. Albans was all about Alex,his use of magic, and from his point of view, this book is all about Julian.
Julian is now happily living with Alex and has started his apprenticeship at a plant nursery. On one morning he discovers a dead body in the Lucky Clover and so the story begins.
This story is told entirely from Julian's point of view. It's about his newly discovered magic, his connection to the plants and his connection to the murder(s). The familiar characters
2.5 stars rounded up for encouragement. Despite my rating, I must admit that I am disappointed with this sequel. Almost everything I had enjoyed in the first book seemed to be missing now. The magical and mystery elements were overwhelmed by mundane details and the constant presence of food and especially sweets. I had also hoped for more relationship development, since the prequel suggested that Julian liked but was not necessarily in love with his current partner. The nature of Julian's feelin ...more
Roger - president of NBR United -
Julian and Alex after the consortship courting was over are settled into their relationship when a body is found in the magical gardens of a nursery where Julian works as an apprentice in the grower’s guild. It is the first of three murders of apprentices with magical ability. Alex is a consulting mage and they start investigating along with the agency into these murders. The murder is an insane magician trying to revitalize a wishing tree by the sacrifice of magic users. Much danger occurs befo ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really adore the world this author created! (I'm also excited that there's a third of these books, just saw it released recently! ♡)

It was nice to visit with all the characters from the first book and be introduced to some new ones.

I like Julian and his plants! That seemed like a whole new world as well! All the food talk was glorious, oh my gosh. I was jealous, lol.

But yes, I definitely enjoyed this read like the first! I do hope the author continues with this world! :)
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Brooklyn by: Calila
Shelves: mm
This book was much harder to finish than book one. There was a point in the book where it seemed like all they did was eat, nap and drink tea. It got boring. It started to pick up a bit at 75% but I struggled to get through it.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Told from Julian's POV and he has a completely different voice than Alex. I did love it though, despite that it was syrupy sweet. I loved his rapport with the plants. A warm fuzzy feel good read. ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. A nice continuation of this cozy fantasy mystery romance series with this book from Julian's POV which was a nice change of pace. (I like Julian and his growing confidence with his skills and independence.)

The mystery and writing felt a little drawn out, especially as the story feels overstuffed with interludes involving meals, tea, coffee, and visits to the temple for purification. It made me think of this series with Cozy with a capitol C. Like around the magical murders going on, t
This story was really sweet, and in some ways fails a little for being too sweet. Julian and Alex are adorable, but they're so lovey-dovey that you almost miss out a little on the idea of suspense or that something is out looking to harm Julian. Also the mystery falls a little short as you really don't have enough information to pick up the pieces and figure out who the villain is. Ok scratch that, I figured out who the bad guy was, just not how he related to everyone else and why Julian was the ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I gave the first book in this series 3 stars but that was more than a year ago and something must have happened to my reading tastes because I just could not get into this book ... I stopped reading about 45% and then picked it up reluctantly before fast-forward reading through the rest. I just felt the plot did not seem to be getting anywhere, loaded down with a ton of 'meh' dialogue. I'm not sure I would even start on book 3 despite having bought it. ...more
Jenn (not Lily)
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For being a murder mystery, this is a lovely and gentle story, with a wonderful pair of men who are falling more in love with each other daily. This is a beautiful world, compete and full. Thank you Amy Crook!
Denise White
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read

This was another enjoyable read... I liked that we got this book from Juilians's POV... It was really pleasant hearing his voice... And if course to see the whole gang as well.... Off to book 3
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Julian St. Albans

This book is from Julian's perspective and gives us insight into his new life with Alex and a few other things. It was a sweet mystery filled with love, good food and murder to spice things up. Loving this series so far!
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtq, mm-romance
Have some Tea? Would you like some Cake? How about a nice cup of Tea? Kiss, Kiss. May I pour you a cup of Tea? Have a Snack?

And the Author goes on and on about them drinking, serving, and having Tea. And I cannot forget, they also Eat. All the time. Delectable Dinners, Bodacious Breakfasts, and Luscious Luncheons. Eat, eat and they eat. Of course, they have Tea with every meal too - Sip, sip, gulp, gulp, and swallow. Paragraph after paragraph, page after page, and chapter after chapter. In betw
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have nothing but effusive praise for this story. A pleasurable romp through a world of magic and mystery (and delicious, delicious food). So many loveable characters, each with their own clear voice. Many of the cast have returned from the first book, plus some new additions to enjoy. I’m glad we get to know Julian a bit better in this book as well, even if that kept putting the poor boy on the spot. Alex and Julian are so sweet with each other, it’s difficult to remember there are murders goi ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
The Apprenticeship of Julian St. Albans, the second book in the Consulting Magic series, begins a few months after the events in the first book. Julian and Alex are living together, and Julian has discovered that he’s got a kind of magic sense related to plants. He is working for Mary Margaret in the plant nursery, and happily adapting to his new life till he happens to stumble into a dead body during his morning routine at his job. Bodies begin to pile up, and it soon becomes obvious t
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, oh-yes
Just as lovely as the first volume. Perhaps a lot more cheerful and unabashedly mushy with all the lovey-dovey moments and cuddling and giggling and teasing.
I’m not complaining at all. This is the kind of book to read for a huge dose of sunshine and warmth (if you’re into those kinds of things).

I appreciate that we had Julian’s point of view this time, since he’s quite different from Alex and it’s fun to see things from his perspective. Of course everything is just perfectly wonderful for them a
Brick ONeil
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Great storyline by Cook, the characters were a little over-the-top.

Downloaded as a free book via Amazon Kindle store. Not sure what Amy Cook had in mind when she created Julian-who is so gay he makes Liberace look butch. Julian just is too feminine, whiny, weak and helpless to be likable. I found his feminine mannerisms too over-the-top to be the least bit realistic. In fiction, one has to suspend a bit of reality to make the story work, but in this book, Julian was too unconventional.

His partne
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Middle went flat

While I enjoyed reading this sequel, it wasn't the book that should have followed the first. Told from Julian's view, it starts as a magical murder suspense with someone targeting him for a sacrifice. Then the book settles into a very dull pattern: a few pages of a abduction attempt which is thwarted, then pages of therapy, friends gathering, playing cards, eating and joking, and a appearance of the 2 annoying police detectives who hate Alex. This goes on for most of the book wit
Feb 25, 2016 added it
Oh good lord.

I was half way into this, and visualized red inking all the passages about eating and TEA and realised I'd be left with only about 20% text. And lots of sweet kisses. Basically the MCs' relationship is utterly perfect in every respect and they give each other lots of sweet kisses. All the time. Between eating boring food and drinking TEA. Actually they drink TEA more than they do anything else.

There were kernels of some good plot ideas. But they weren't developed and went nowhere. T
Ashley E
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though the writing isn't perfect. I adored Julian and Alex in the first of the series, and seeing them settle into something approximating a happily ever after is so satisfying. Not everything's perfect of course, and a dead body popping up in Julian's work place starts off a mystery. It's not a fast-paced suspense novel by any means. The mystery is slow and methodical and not easy to guess until the very end. Mostly the book is about the couple growing and t ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you like magical worlds with beautiful descriptive writing and a good story without a lot of sex, you'll love this book. It's a good romance but an even better mystery.

It was just as good as the first book except the characters seemed slightly exaggerated for the setting but I loved them anyway.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: free
I like the world building very much but the story could have been told in less than half the length. It's very repetitive and I think the descriptions of every single cup of tea and meal were overdone. 2,5* ...more
Dec 03, 2014 marked it as lurking-in-kindleland
Received as a gift from my Secret Santa 2014
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
300+ pages of eating, drinking tea, teasing and giggling + 4 sentences for the "mystery" = so boring !! ...more
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Amy Crook has made her living since the 90s with writing, art, and design. She lives in San Leandro, CA, with two cats, a roommate, and a pair of custom-made tentacle pillows. She loves tea, gin, and pumpkin spice chai, and has no shame about much of anything, really. She has collections of all sorts of things, including Halloween socks, unread books, and friends from all over the world.

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